TUE. 12th FEB., 2019
THEME: CARE FOR THE NEEDY
PASSAGE: DEUT. 15:6-11
6. For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations,but they shall not reign over thee. 7. If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 8. But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 9. Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10. Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11. For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
Going by the dictionary meaning, the needy are people who are poor and need help from others. They are people who need affection, attention or reassurance. In the Old Testament, God gave them laws that created a caring and loving atmosphere where the less-privileged are taken care of or recognized. For instance, one of the laws protecting the needy says, “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I, the Lord, AM your God” (Lev. 23:22). If you can recollect, there was a time when Jesus and His disciples were going through a field of corn and His disciples ate from such left over (Mk. 2:23).
In the early church, the disciples had all things in common; they shared what they had, one with others so that no one lacked (Acts 2:44-47). The church community is expected to be a type of closely-knitted family where everyone is catered for irrespective of class or status. That was why Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters” (Gal. 6:10). However, the needy are not only those who need food, money or materials they also need affection, attention or reassurance.
Do you have those who need your help, money, care, counselling, comfort, encouragement? Don’t turn or run away from them! Give to them those things you are able to give with the assurance that God will give back to you in multiple folds. Remember, no one knows tomorrow.
HYMN: EMHB 153(LM)
1: JESUS, Thy far-extended fame
My drooping soul exults to hear;
Thy name, thy all-restoring name,
Is music in a sinner’s ear.
2: Sinners of old Thou didst receive
With comfortable words and kind,
Their sorrows cheer, their wants relieve,
Heal the diseased, and cure the blind
3: And art Thou not the Saviour still,
In every place and age the same?
Hast Thou forgot Thy gracious skill,
Or lost the virtue of Thy name?
4: Faith in Thy changeless name I have;
The good, the kind physician, Thou
Art able now our souls to save,
Art willing to restore them now.
5: Wouldst Thou the body’s health restore,
And not regard the sin-sick soul?
The sin-sick soul Thou lov’st much more,
And surely Thou shalt make it whole.
6: All my disease, my every sin,
To Thee, O Jesus, I confess;
In pardon, Lord, my cure begin,
And perfect it in holiness.
MEMORY VERSE: Deuteronomy 14:29 “Give it to the Levites, who have no inheritance among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work.”
PRAYER: God, help me to have Christ-like compassion to give without minding
the cost; to labour without seeking any repose, for Jesus name’s sake. Amen.